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12th January, 2018

So on the morning of the 10th, in fine sunny calm before the storm, we entered the narrow little entrance to Aviles and headed a mile or so into its protected harbour before berthing conveniently close to the centre, and the old town district. In fact, just a few minutes’ walk over a little footbridge and one found oneself immersed in old buildings, tapas bars and the like. Our tours team was able to conjure up some last-minute options, including a trip to a cider farm & museum which is something for which this region is famous for. That evening I wandered into the town with a few colleagues for a nosey around. It was at this stage wild and windy, reminding us of what we were fortunate enough to be taking refuge from out at sea.

After a pleasant wander through the streets we stumbled across a promising looking venue, with dining tables enclosed by enormous cider barrels. We were not disappointed. For a mere 3 Euros, everyone could help themselves to as much cider as they wished – but there was a catch - you had to pour it from the enormous barrel yourself. Easier said than done, as I discovered. The tapas was of fine quality too, with first class meat & seafood on offer for extremely reasonable prices.

Well, a second day passed and we spent it again in this pleasant little spot, before the storm finally swept past completely. Having discovered the town on the first night, many remained on board for the second night to enjoy highlights such as Kumar’s Curry Corner in the Veranda restaurant, followed by comedy entertainment from John Lenahan. John has previously performed at several high profile events including Her Majesty’s Jubilee Celebrations.

Early on the morning of the 12th the sea conditions finally subsided, allowing us to depart and safely continue our journey southwards to the Canary Islands.

Next stop, Tenerife!

Captain Kim Tanner

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